While I despair at the state of our country and the world generally and about our appallingly conducted lead up to our Federal election, I am kept buoyed by some really good things that happen in the world.
Does Spain have provinces or states or just regions? No matter, Catalonia in Spain has banned the barbaric spectator sport of bullfighting. From little acorns grow.
Better still, before this bull was killed (why?), he wreaked some havoc on spectators. Apart from the children who were being indoctrinated into cruelty to animals, I am pleased to hear some adults were hurt. That'll learn 'em.
While we now have increasing numbers of whales and dolphins visiting Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay, I was quite chuffed to hear that a whale has given birth to a calf in Tasmania's Derwent River estuary for the first time since 1820 (that would be a stat to query if I was keen).
While we may be doing eff all in response to climate change, river water quality has improved immensely in Australia.
Melbourne's Yarra River has improved as has the water quality in our Port Phillip Bay. Hobart's Derwent River has improved. Next step, the quite toxic Sydney Harbour and possibly the Parramatta River.
For goodness sake NSW government, you must be doing something significant. Oh, changing a railway line so that a tram can run on it. Finally doing something with the terribly vandalised trams stored at the old Rozelle Depot. I am pleased to hear that the railway clearways project has fixed up Sydney trains!!! Smart new trains? Overbudget and delayed. You hand out maintenance contracts for them for forty years??? Oh! As exasperated as I get about Victoria, moving to New South Wales clearly won't solve anything.
Proof positive that something is happening in NSW. Photo by Tim Boxsell.